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Ernest Bloch Lectures #13: Remaking the Song: Operatic Visions and Revisions from Handel to Berio

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Opera performances are often radically inventive. Composers revisions, singers improvisations, and stage directors re-imaginings continually challenge our visions of canonical works. But do they go far enough? This elegantly written, beautifully concise book, spanning almost the entire history of opera, reexamines attitudes toward some of our best-loved musical works. It looks at opera's history of multiple visions and revisions and asks a simple question: what exactly is opera? Remaking the Song, rich in imaginative answers, considers works by Handel, Mozart, Donizetti, Verdi, Wagner, Puccini, and Berio in order to challenge what many regard as sacroscant: the operas musical text. Scholarly tradition favors the idea of great operatic texts permanently inscribed in the canon. Roger Parker, considering examples ranging from Cecilia Bartoli's much-criticized insistence on using Mozart's alternative arias in the Marriage of Figaro to Luciano Berio's new ending to Puccini's unfinished Turandot, argues that opera is an inherently mutable form, and that all of us—performers, listeners, scholars—should celebrate operatic revisions as a way of opening works to contemporary needs and new pleasures.

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An essay on how famous and familiar operas, far from being fixed works of art, are always changing, and how this effects our ideas of what a work of art really is.

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"Parker is an outstanding figure in the world of Italian opera, and here the meticulous analysis and excellence of the prose make for a brilliant book with truly radical implications.  Remaking the Song represents a scholarly gold-standard."—Carolyn Abbate, author of In Search of Opera

About the Author

Roger Parker, Professor of Music at the University of Cambridge, is author of Leonora's Last Act: Essays in Verdian Discourse and editor of The Oxford Illustrated History of Opera.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520244184
Author:
Parker, Roger
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
Music
Subject:
Operas
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Opera
Subject:
Music -- Philosophy and aesthetics.
Subject:
Opera
Subject:
Music | Opera
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Ernest Bloch Lectures
Series Volume:
13
Publication Date:
20060431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 b/w photograph, 21 music examples
Pages:
179
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.63 in 0.15 lb

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"Parker is an outstanding figure in the world of Italian opera, and here the meticulous analysis and excellence of the prose make for a brilliant book with truly radical implications.  Remaking the Song represents a scholarly gold-standard."—Carolyn Abbate, author of In Search of Opera
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